[CentOS] USB external HDD error messages

Guest notconfusedaboutthattoday at gmail.com
Tue Sep 30 00:00:34 UTC 2008


On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 9:38 AM, nate <centos at linuxpowered.net> wrote:
> Guest wrote:
>
>> Sorry to double up on your answer like this, but is there any chance that
>> the i/o errors are due to a bad usb cable, or usb card in the main
>> computer?  I didn't mention before that the external hdd that the seagate is
>> replacing also reported a lot of i/o errors and kept disconnecting itself,
>> which is why I replaced it....
>
> Perhaps the drive is spinning down without informing the OS. I recall
> an issue last year(?) about some USB drives not behaving properly
> and spinning down without informing the OS, then the OS tries to
> access them it gets an I/O error.
>
> All of my 2.5" western digital external USB drives seem to behave
> correctly when going into power save mode, have never had an I/O
> error as a result of them spinning down.

Thanks so much for these excellent suggestions, I will be pursuing all
of these avenues.

My apologies as well for the html mail - if Gmail's interface can be
believed, I am now sending plaintext only.  Once I get past these
issues, I should be switching over to qmail & Mutt on my new CentOS
machine -- and the Mutt, she don't lie :-)


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